TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Chicago Fire,”10 p.m., NBC.
It’s race day in Chicago, a bright and cheery time.
Firefighters are setting up a booth; an off-duty cop (the Kim Burgess character
from “Chicago P.D.”) brings her niece.
Then a bomb bursts in a hospital, bringing high-octane
trouble. One firefighter is buried; another is concealing a brutal injury. Two
little girls hover near death. One doctor is stuck on a ledge, another is grabbing
a spare liver. It’s a gripping hour that leaves some crises for Wednesday’s “Chicago
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX.
Who was that guy whose body was discovered in the Minnesota
snow? This hour – skillfully mixing slow humor and quick violence -- starts
with a flashback, then booms ahead.
Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) has been asked to stifle a blackmailer;
naturally, he sees a chance to take over and blackmail for much more. A Duluth
cop (Colin Hanks) realizes he let himself be intimidated into not catching
Malvo during a traffic stop. And only one deputy suspects what viewers know –
that mild-mannered Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) killed his wife
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” 9
p.m., PBS (check local listings).
As the Hispanic community grew and transformed in Los
Angeles, Ruben Salazar seemed to ignore it. He married a non-Latino, lived in
Orange County, assimilated.
Then Salazar, a Los Angeles Times reporter, began to agree
with the young rebels he had once scoffed at. He criticized officials and the
police … then was killed by a police tear-gas canister. The events, more than
40 years ago, still draw controversy and help illustrate a changing era.
Ranging from Salazar’s editors to his daughter to his richly written journal,
this hour tells a strong story.
Other choices include:
“Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. Cobie Smulders – known
mostly for “How I Met Your Mother” – plays Agent Maria Hill, a role she’s
already had in two movies. She tries to help Coulson as his team crumbles.
“Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox. Shirley MacLaine guests as a socialite,
befriended by Blaine. Also, Rachel endangers her Broadway role by auditioning
for TV; Mercedes tries to include Santana in her record deal.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. A Marine photographer disappears,
before he can testify in a controversial murder trial. Meanwhile, Abby tries to
help a young homeless woman reconnect with her family.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. Some important software
has been stolen and the lead engineer’s 10-year-old daughter is missing. Sam,
who once provided protection for her, searches for a link.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. Worried that a dance will be
sabotaged, Jess gets her friends to chaperone.
“The Mindy Project,” 9:30, Fox. Mindy is dating a cop (Tim
Daly); Danny is unhappy.
“Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. After being a regular
in four situation comedies (from “Martin” to “Happily Divorced”), Tichina
Arnold has a leisurely life in New York with her husband (an assistant
basketball coach) and their 9-year-old daughter. Kelly Packard, a former
“Baywatch” beauty, has a busy California life, with her husband (a doctor),
four kids and many animals. Now they swap coasts and lives.
“Game of Arms” season-finale, 10 p.m., AMC. This show has
been following arm-wrestling teams in five cities. Now they converge for a
double-elimination tournament in Los Angeles.